At the request of Health Ministry leaders, seeking further information to provide them with a deeper knowledge on a variety of digital health technologies topics, TECHNATION is organizing a series of Health TECH Talks.  This opportunity provides TECHNATION members the opportunity to present their experts and expertise on the various topics.

TECHNATION Health Talks are by invitation only and Health Ministry leadership and their teams from across the country are invited to attend.

If you are interested in the presentation and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Elaine Huesing at

TECHNATION Health TECH Talks will cover some of the following areas:

  • Swarm/edge/quantum/cloud computing
  • Consumer generated data (and its relationship to healthcare)
  • Ransomware attacks and cybersecurity
  • AI/Machine learning and synthetic data
  • Blockchain for healthcare:  Smart contracts, Digital record-keeping, Control and access to digital records

Past Health TECH Talks

TECHNATION thanks Deloitte for their corporate citizenship in sponsoring and presenting our TECHNATION Health TECH Talk Series on AI/Machine learning and synthetic data.

Held on March 31, 2023, this Health TECH Talk discussed the evolving role of scenario planning, simulation modelling and the application of machine learning to advance evidence and data-based health system decision making. This topic further explored current and future trends in applying multi-dimensional models to anticipate impacts of interventions on operations

Jason Garay, Partner and the Life Sciences and Healthcare and Government & Public Sector Industry Leader
Deloitte’s Omnia AI Practice

Prior to joining Deloitte, Jason was the Vice President of Analytics and Informatics at Cancer Care Ontario where he led the execution of collaborative initiatives to drive CCO’s first Data Strategy and inaugural Research Strategy. Jason also served as the Director of provincial Communicable Disease Control at Public Health Ontario where he led the development of provincial infectious disease surveillance and analytics. Jason’s expertise ranges across organization and provincial strategy development and implementation, partnership development and data and analytics transformation. Jason brings a deep understanding of Canada’s digital health and data landscape having worked across every level of the health care system, from hospital and local service providers to provincial agencies and the federal government supporting data management, governance, strategy and advanced analytics. An established healthcare and analytics executive and epidemiologist by background, Jason also holds a faculty appointment at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.


TECHNATION thanks IBM and Microsoft for their corporate citizenship in sponsoring and presenting our Inaugural TECHNATION Health TECH Talk Series on Cyber Security and Ransom Ware.




Held on March 24, 2022 and in response to the ever-increasing reports of attacks on hospitals and healthcare systems around the world and within Canada, this TECH Talk, provided a deep dive on the timely topic of Cyber Security and Ransom Ware.

Microsoft and IBM industry technology experts provided further knowledge for Ministry leaders to help their jurisdictions to adapt to this changing threat landscape, better work to leverage data in new ways so that their organizations can develop safe and secure digital health enabled modes of care.

Microsoft Presentation: James Ringold, Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft
James provided a brief threat overview and focused a deeper dive into foundations for a defensive strategy – including Zero Trust, Threat Protection and Cloud Security





IBM Presentation: Dan Taylor, IBM Global Healthcare & Life-sciences Industry Lead
Dan provided an overview of his international experience protecting client data and ensuring patient services as the Director of Security & CISO of the NHS Digital Health Service in UK and a deeper dive into Zero Trust architecture and how it supports digital trust with clients, operators and Boards.


For more information on Microsoft or IBM offerings, please contact Janet Tite at